Lawrence Parkinson - September 13, 2012
Lawrence Melvin Parkinson passed away on Sept. 5, 2012, in Imperial, Neb. at the Imperial Manor.
Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan. 11, 1925. Raised in Kent, Ohio, he was a loyal “Buckeye” fan for life. In high school, he participated in football, basketball, golf, the Student Senate, the school newspaper, the chorus and had one of the leads in the school operetta. He loved to reminisce about those days!
A professional military man, he took pride in being included in the terminology “The Greatest Generation,” having served in WWII when he was 19 years old and continued through the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.
Larry met his wife, Irene, while stationed with the U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon. She was from Michigan, but had gone to work at U.S. News and World Report and the Navy as a secretary. They married in October 1950 and traveled extensively with his military duties to places like Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, France, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Larry worked on many important projects, many of which were top secret. While at Bellevue, Neb., he worked in the “Underground” and flew around the country on the “Looking Glass” the Strategic Air Command Post with direct access to the President should a crisis arrive, such as in the case of 9/11. His family didn’t always realize the true extent of his work.
He retired from the Air Force in 1972 after attaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. They selected the Mississippi Gulf Coast for retirement and happily resided there for 25 years. They both enjoyed the lovely weather and the beautiful drives along the beach, not to mention the golfing. Larry had a dog named Rusty who was his best companion during those years. He was an animal lover and would never consider killing an animal of any kind.
It was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that changed their course of life and they moved to the city of Imperial for their final years. They both have loved living here, but Larry especially enjoyed golfing on his almost “private” golf course. He was an avid golfer and participated in many tournaments in many states. He also loved being with his family playing games, eating, visiting and just enjoying the togetherness. He loved his family more than anything.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth Parkinson and his half-brother, John Golub.
He is survived by his wife Irene; daughters, Lorain (Bruce) Vires, Suzanne Pritchett and Janet (Harold) Roll; six grandchildren, Travis (Rebeccah) Vires, Tara (Rick) Foretich, Mitchell Vires, Chandler and Austin Pritchett and Ashley Roll; and five great-grandchildren Sasha, Tristan and Nadia Vires and Kyle and Eryn Foretich. He also leaves many close friends from childhood and his military career.
A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, 10 a.m. at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home Chapel in Imperial, Neb. with Pastor J.R. Kline officiating.
A private interment with military honors will be held at a later date at Biloxi National Cemetery in Mississippi.
Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial is in charge of the arrangements.